What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a program which involves education and exercise classes that teaches the effected person about lungs, how to exercise and do activities with less shortness of breath, and how to "live" better with lung condition. Pulmonary rehabilitation is an integral part of the clinical management and health maintenance of patients with chronic respiratory disease who remain symptomatic or continue to have decreased function despite standard medical treatment.
Ways in which Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps
By attending education classes, you will learn many things about your lungs. For example, the following topics will be discussed: what is wrong with your lungs, what your medicines do, when to call your health care provider, and how to keep from being hospitalized. During group meetings, you will meet others with breathing problems. This gives you time share concerns and approaches to living with breathing problems.
Benefits and Goals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes will help you be more active with less shortness of breath. Usually, you will be exercising both your arms and legs. The exercise classes will help you feel better and become stronger by helping you get into better shape. Pulmonary Rehabilitation including exercise training, patient education, psychosocial treatment and support of clients and their families, and cost-effective methods of improving the quality of life and health care in patients with lung disease.
- A successful rehabilitation program identifies and differentiates the disease process (ie, impairments, disabilities, handicaps), so that remedial strategies can be determined.
- The functional consequences of these impairments are addressed so that the person with chronic respiratory impairment is returned to the fullest possible physical, mental, social, and economic independence.
- The effectiveness of a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program has been established by controlled clinical trials.
- Decreasing respiratory symptoms and complications
- Encouraging self-management and control over daily functioning
- Improving physical conditioning and exercise performance
- Improving emotional well-being
- Reducing hospitalizations